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Di Huang,Sheng (Rehmannia Root)


Di Huang Sheng, also known as Chinese Foxglove, is a traditional Chinese herb used in traditional Chinese medicine for its medicinal properties, including nourishing the kidney and liver, supporting healthy blood pressure, and promoting healthy skin. The root is used to treat conditions such as fatigue, anemia, diabetes, and chronic kidney disease. Rehmannia Glutinosa contains active compounds like iridoid glycosides, catalpol, and mannitol, believed to contribute to its medicinal properties.

Rehmannia Root has a sweet and bitter taste and is considered to have cool energy. It's a TCM herb that cools the blood, tonifies the Yin, and is used to stimulate growth of flesh, muscle, and bone for healing athletic injuries.

High Quality Di Huang Sheng: What does it look like?

Sheng Di Huang (Rehmannia glutinosa) is a perennial herb that is commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Some characteristics of high quality Di Huang Sheng include:

  • Dark red or brown color
  • High content of iridoid glycosides and catalpol, the main active components.
  • Properly dried
  • Free from mold, pests, and other contaminants
  • Consistent size and shape of the root.
  • It should be harvested at the right time, when the root is mature.

Di Huang Sheng is a commonly used herb in Traditional Chinese Medicine. It has medicinal properties such as being a kidney yin tonic and nourishing the blood. It's used to regulate the menstrual cycle, support the adrenal glands, and improve energy levels and overall health.

How is Di Huang Sheng prepared and processed?

Chinese foxglove or Di Huang, is native to China, Japan, and Korea. The optimal habitat and growing conditions for include:

  • Soil: Rehmannia prefers well-drained, loamy soil that is rich in organic matter.

  • Sunlight: Rehmannia grows best in full sun to partial shade.

  • Water: Rehmannia needs moderate watering, but it should not be overwatered.

  • Temperature: Rehmannia can tolerate a wide range of temperatures, but it grows best in temperate to subtropical climates.

  • Fertilizer: Rehmannia can benefit from occasional applications of compost or well-rotted organic matter to provide additional nutrients.

  • Pests and Diseases: Rehmannia is generally resistant to pests and diseases, but it can be affected by root rot if the soil is consistently too wet.

Rehmannia is a hardy and adaptable plant that can grow well in a range of growing conditions, making it a popular choice for use in traditional Chinese medicine.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Di Huang Sheng is typically prepared by boiling the dried root of the Rehmannia glutinosa plant. The root is harvested in the summer or autumn and then dried in the sun or shade.

The dried root is then sliced or ground into small pieces, which are placed in a pot with water and boiled until the water turns red. The resulting liquid is then strained to remove the root pieces and any impurities. The liquid is then reduced by further boiling until a syrupy consistency is achieved. This syrup is then dried and forms the final product.

Di Huang Sheng is used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for its tonic properties for the kidneys, liver, and blood. It's believed to have a nourishing and tonifying effect on the body and is used to treat conditions such as anemia, dizziness, and fatigue. It's also used to support healthy kidney function and regulate the menstrual cycle. It's considered to have a sweet taste and a cool energy.

Popular Recipe for Di Huang Sheng

Herbal Chicken Soup with Di Huang Sheng:


  • 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
  • 10g dried Di Huang Sheng (Rehmannia Root)
  • 15g dried goji berries
  • 10g dried longan fruit
  • 3 slices of fresh ginger
  • 8 cups of water


  1. Rinse the chicken pieces and set aside.
  2. Rinse the dried Di Huang Sheng, goji berries, and longan fruit, and place in a large pot.
  3. Add the ginger slices and 8 cups of water to the pot.
  4. Bring the pot to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 2 hours or until the chicken is fully cooked and the flavors have infused into the soup.
  5. Remove from heat, strain the liquid and discard the solids.
  6. Serve the hot soup and enjoy as a nourishing and flavorful dish.

Note: Consult with a licensed practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine before using Di Huang Sheng as it may have contraindications for certain health conditions.

Safety Precautions for the use of Di Huang Sheng

Di Huang Sheng (Rehmannia Root) is a traditional Chinese herb commonly used for various health purposes. However, it is important to be cautious when taking and handling this herb, as it may have certain safety precautions. Here are some of the most important ones to keep in mind:

  1. Consult a healthcare professional: Before using Di Huang Sheng, it is recommended to consult with a licensed practitioner of traditional Chinese medicine or a healthcare professional to determine if it is safe for you to use and to ensure proper dosing and usage.

  2. Possible side effects: Di Huang Sheng may cause side effects such as dizziness, dry mouth, upset stomach, and drowsiness. It may also interact with certain medications and exacerbate certain health conditions.

  3. Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Di Huang Sheng should be avoided by pregnant and breastfeeding women, as its safety has not been established in these populations.

  4. Proper storage: Store dried Di Huang Sheng in a cool, dry place, away from direct light and moisture to ensure its potency and effectiveness.

  5. Follow instructions: Always follow the instructions as recommended by a healthcare professional when taking Di Huang Sheng. Do not exceed the recommended dosage.

By following these safety precautions, you can help ensure a safe and effective use of Di Huang Sheng. However, it is always recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before using any herbal remedies, including Di Huang Sheng.

Additional Information about Di Huang Sheng

Common Names: Di Huang Sheng, Sheng Di Huang, Dried Rehmannia rhizome), Rehmannia Glutinosa; Radix Rehmanniae

Properties; Sweet, bitter, cold

Channels Entered: Heart, Liver, Kidney 

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